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Jennifer's Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease--What Doctors Don't Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again
     

Jennifer's Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease--What Doctors Don't Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again

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by Jennifer Esposito
 

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The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness estimates that as many as one in 133 Americans has celiac disease. Unfortunately, 83 percent of people who have this terrible disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed—suffering through years of pain and misunderstanding. Award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito was one of those 83 percent, receiving an accurate

Overview

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness estimates that as many as one in 133 Americans has celiac disease. Unfortunately, 83 percent of people who have this terrible disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed—suffering through years of pain and misunderstanding. Award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito was one of those 83 percent, receiving an accurate diagnosis only after decades of mysterious illnesses and myriad misdiagnoses.

Now Jennifer shares her riveting personal journey—from her earliest memories of her childhood in Brooklyn to her years as a young actress, all the while suffering from unexplained, devastating ailments. Jennifer's struggle to finally receive an accurate diagnosis is one that anyone who has a chronic disease will share. But this is more than a story of suffering. It is the story of one woman's valiant journey to take charge of her health and rebuild her life. 

Not only will you learn from Jennifer's personal story, the book also guides you through early diagnosis, sharing the steps that helped Jennifer heal. Plus, you'll find recipes she uses at home, along with recipes for some of the delicious treats she offers at her own gluten-free bakery, Jennifer's Way, in New York.

For anyone struggling with a chronic illness, Jennifer's Way is proof that you can find an answer to what is wrong with you, that you shouldn't stop until you find it, and that you can learn how to truly live again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/05/2014
In this memoir, Esposito recounts her struggle with crippling health problems and her experience being diagnosed with celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that makes her allergic to gluten) at age 35. It’s hard to sustain sympathy for the actress-turned-gluten-free-bakery owner, who spends much of the book railing about how others have doubted, ignored, and misunderstood her condition. However, her rags-to-riches story will keep readers turning pages. Esposito grew up on Staten Island and moved to Manhattan, where she waitressed while taking acting classes. Eventually she was discovered and her career took off, with roles in movies like Crash, as well as television shows like Spin City and Samantha Who? The second section of the book is a helpful guide for living with celiac disease, with tips on eating out and dating, as well as appealing recipes. As Esposito writes, “It takes a village of celiacs to help anyone learn how to thrive with this illness.” Her story will no doubt appeal to her fans and others with chronic health issues, though her advice to fellow celiac sufferers (rotation dieting, sprouting grains, juicing) may seem daunting for those on a restricted budget. Agent: Kari Stuart, ICM. (May)
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Vanity Fair, May 2014
“Esposito offers straight talk in Jennifer's Way.”

Living Without's Gluten Free & More, June/July 2014
“This is a story of hope…This book is a page turner. Esposito is an inspiration.”

Publishers Weekly, 5/5/14
“[Esposito's] rags-to-riches story will keep readers turning pages… The second section of the book is a helpful guide to living with celiac disease, with tips on eating out and dating, as well as appealing recipes…Her story will no doubt appeal to her fans and others with chronic health issues.”

Taste for Life, June 2014
“This is award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito's story of…how she took control and became a health advocate for herself and others. Part one shares her journey. In part two, Your Journey, she offers guidance, advice, recipes, and more to help you find your way.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738217109
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/22/2014
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Esposito is an award-winning actress who has appeared in Crash (which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2005), Spike Lee's Summer of Sam, Don’t Say a Word, Welcome To Collinwood and Taxi, to name a few. She also appeared on Michael J. Fox's hit series, Spin City and most recently starred in the primetime CBS show Blue Bloods. Esposito's life beyond the screen has become dedicated to advocacy and education about celiac disease, which has become her life's purpose. As such, she founded Jennifer’s Way (www.jennifersway.org), a popular blog that talks about everything from healthy gluten-free eating, to food additives, and personal stories. From her home in NYC, Jennifer tirelessly answers emails from people in need of guidance about celiac disease and food concerns. Jennifer has also founded Jennifer s Way Foundation for Celiac Education, which is a non-profit organization towards advocacy and education. jennifersway.org

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Jennifer's Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease-What Doctors Don't Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer's story is a must read for anyone with Celiac Disease or anyone who suspects they may have Celiac Disease, food allergies or other related digestive problems. She is amazing in her ability to tell her story and to help even those of us without Celiac Disease to understand just how devastating the disease is, just how hard it is to diagnose, and just how many symptoms seemingly unrelated to the digestive system are caused by this disease. This disease is due to an absolute intolerance and autoimmune response to Gluten (and often aggravated by other food allergies)that destroys the digestive system's ability to extract nutrition from foods, to produce serotonin, etc. Jennifer draws on the expertise of medical specialists in Celiac Disease for much of the material in this book. She provides a clear path to obtain more information, life style changes, as well as recipes, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting reading if you are one who suffers from Celiac disease or other digestive sensitivities and allergies. Jennifer describes her slow road to the discovery of her disease, and she gives helpful and encouraging advice to those of us just starting this new lifestyle. I am so disappointed that I don't live near her bakery. I do hope that she completes her goal of making healthy allergy-free foods available to us all. That would be terrific.
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